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Trinity Lutheran Church
1345 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207

OHS Database ID 23606.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 7, 2016.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 5 divisions. 27 stops. 31 registers. 31 ranks. 2114 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Extant. Dedication by Palmer Christian in early 1931. (Database Manager. May 15, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The main organ is located in the rear gallery tower. The Echo division is antiphonal to the main organ, and is housed in a left-side chamber with ornately carved facade in the chancel. The organ has been restored in phases beginning in the 1990s. First the blower was rebuilt and cleaned. Next, the Swell was de-piped, cleaned, releathered, rewired, and pressures adjusted. These first two phases were done by the Fowler Organ Co. of Lansing, Michigan. Next came the cleaning, releathering, and rewiring of the Great, Choir, and Pedal. This phase was followed by replacing the non-original chimes with a used, refurbished set of Deagan chimes. And lastly, the Echo division and console were cleaned, releathered, and rewired. These last three phases were accomplished by the Holden Organ Co. of Ferndale, Michigan. (Database Manager. October 15, 2007)
  • Cost: $18,000 (Database Manager. July 3, 2016)

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  • Stoplist from church archives; courtesy Karl Osterland and Robert L. Walton
    Detroit, Michigan
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 808   1929     3 manuals, 27 stops, 31 ranks
            GREAT ORGAN                           SWELL ORGAN
        16' Bourdon              5 PED         8' Diapason            73
         8' Diapason            61             8' Rohrflöte           73
         8' Flute Harmonique    61             8' Salicional          73
         4' Octave              61             8' Voix Celeste        73
        II  Grave Mixture      122             8' Aeoline             73
                                               4' Octave              73
            CHOIR ORGAN                        4' Flute Triangulaire  73
         8' Cello               73           III  Mixture            183
         8' Concert Flute       73             8' Trumpet             73
         8' Dulciana            73             8' Flügel Horn         73
         8' Unda Maris (TC)     61             8' Vox Humana          73
         4' Flute               73                Tremolo
         8' Corno di Bassetto   73
            Tremolo                               PEDAL ORGAN
                                              16' Diapason            32
            ECHO-ANTIPHONAL ORGAN             16' Bourdon             32
         8' Diapason            73             8' Octave              12
         8' Fernflöte           73             8' Gedeckt             12
         8' Vox Angelica II    146             4' Flute               12
         8' Tuba                73
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-10-17]